Durham Land Registry workers strike over privatisation fears

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> The PCS union may wring its hands and claim “we are only obeying orders” when it comes to its DWP members enforcing sanctions on the unemployed, but it seems other sections can get off their collective arse when it’s them likely to lose an income.

Workers who fear for their futures under a possible privatisation began a 48-hour strike today (Wednesday, May 14).

Staff at the Land Registry office in Durham City are among thousands of Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) members employed by the agency across the country who are taking action.

They are concerned that the Government agency is going to be privatised and that offices will be closed and jobs lost.

The Land Registry employs about 400 people in Durham , most of them PCS members, and is one of the city’s major employers.

PCS branch chairman Kim Lowes said: “We had a…

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